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2013 Media Stories

Northeastern Students Tackle Healthcare

November 4th, 2013


Improving the nation's healthcare system requires significant collaboration across disciplines, institutions, and sectors, according to James Benneyan, a mechanical and industrial engineering professor at Northeastern University. 

Improving Patient Flow - In and Out of Hospitals and Beyond
October, 2013


Malden received help from the Healthcare Systems Engineering Extension Center, led by James Benneyan, Ph.D., an industrial engineer at Northeastern University who received a Health Care Innovation Award grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to bring technical expertise in systems engineering and operations management to healthcare.

Mother's Cancer Launched Career

October, 2013

When he has 7, Kendall Sanderson's mother had a cancerous breast tumor removed, but complications in the hospitals scheduling protocol forced a three-week delay in the procedure. When the recent Northeastern University industrial engineering graduate found out that he could apply the skill of efficiently routing delivery trucks around the country to the healthcare industry, he knew he had found his calling.

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Donaghue Foundation Grant

October 11th, 2013

HSyE and Commonwealth Care Alliance received a Donaghue Foundation grant to develop and test a shared savings model. The purpose is to refine and test a financial incentive system being developed under HSyE's CMS center using economic game theory. If nursing facilities provide higher quality care to more acute patients, total care cost across healthcare organizations will be reduced.

HSyE Executive Director James Benneyan Briefs Institute of Medicine

September 20th, 2013

Benneyan gave a briefing on his $8 million National Demonstration Project, which is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and he proposed expanding healthcare systems engineering (HSyE) centers into national systems.

All Models are Wrong, Some are Useful

September 16th, 2013


Medical professionals traveled from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and Maine to a healthcare simulation workshop at Northeastern to learn how to build models of healthcare systems that are actually representative and useful to help them improve critical problems.

Summer Internship Program 2013 a Success

September 1st, 2013

This past summer, interns from across the U.S. once again converged in Boston to work on applied research problems in dozens of healthcare systems affiliated with HSyE's centers. 

Proven Systems Engineering Methods Can Cure Complex Healthcare Challenges

August 19th, 2013

Benneyan addressed a room full of senior healthcare improvement leaders at a recent Northeastern workshop, illustrating how his three centers have used these tools and approaches to address high-leverage problems also facing Boston healthcare organizations. This approach scaled nationally, he estimated, might cut the annual nearly $3 trillion healthcare budget by one-third.

Northeastern Hosts Meeting of Healthcare Fellows

June 14th, 2013


Benneyan noted that part of the solution to fixing the floundering healthcare system lies in the collaboration of healthcare improvement experts. "That's why we're here," he said, "to share, learn, and cross-polinate."

Family's Health Scare Helps Student Find Calling

May 2nd, 2013

Through his three co-op assignments and independent research projects with Benneyan, Sanderson tailored his skillset to the underappreciated field of healthcare systems engineering. Instead of delivery truck routes, he's considering patient flow through hospitals.

What do Hospitals do for their Communities?

April 18th, 2013


Young and his colleagues in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business and Bouve College of Health Sciences carried out a first-of-its-kind study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine that compares the community service practices of hospitals across the nation.

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